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Mild and unstable weather will affect low altitude ski resorts

It has warmed up substantially over the Alps compared to the past week. In just a few days the temperature rose a staggering 25 degrees. Some ski resorts are starting to experience spring like conditions, especially in the east of the Alps.The temperatures and freezing levels are moving up and down with each forecast published, but the general trend remains: cool and snow to Thursday, then warm and snow/rain for the end of the week. Large amounts of rain will come down below 1400 meters. On …

Written by skiweather on Monday March 5, 2018

Saint Gervais is delightful and charming

Saint Gervais is a well established spa town that has been welcoming skiers for over 80 years and its proximity to Geneva airport - less than an hours drive - is ideal for short stay ski holidays. Despite its proximity to Mont Blanc and the popular Chamonix, it is not a very well known resort, probably due to the fact that no major tour operators go there. The ski area Saint Gervais - Megève itself is not big, but it's Evasion Mont Blanc lift pass covers six ski areas comprising over 450km of …

Written by skiweather on Monday February 26, 2018

What is wind chill factor?

The Wind Chill Factor is commonly referenced in weather reports. However, few of us have a firm grasp on the meaning. Wind chill is the meteorological term used for explaining how the wind can make us feel even colder (chillier) than the actual temperature. Basically the Wind Chill Factor describes how cold you will feel when you step outside when the temperature is below 10°C and the wind speed is above 4.8kph. On a more scientific term the Wind Chill Factor is a measurement of the total …

Written by skiweather on Saturday February 24, 2018

'Beast from the East' to bring unusual cold snap to the Alps

If you think it’s been bitterly cold this week, well, you haven’t seen anything yet. The next couple of days temperatures are expected to plunge across the Alps in a rare cold snap. The frigid airmass that has been parked over NE Europe begins pushing WSW-wards into central, southeastern and parts of western Europe. There will also be further snow, most significant across the southern Alps, but it is the cold that is creating extreme skiing conditions during the most busy ski week of the year. …

Written by skiweather on Friday February 23, 2018

Les Portes du Mont Blanc: The pearl in the crown

The Portes du Mont-Blanc includes four ski resorts located between the Val d'Arly and the Aravis mountain range: Combloux, La Giettaz, Cordon and Megève Jaillet. it is a quiet and economical alternative to the Espace Évasion Mont-Blanc, of which Combloux and Megève Jaillet are also part of. The ski area with well over 100km of slopes offers skiing for all levels, great off-piste possibilities and a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Bionnassay or the Dome of the Miages. The ski area …

Written by skiweather on Thursday February 22, 2018